Oscar Smith and Centreville came to Scott Stadium with identical 14-0 records, but only one would stay undefeated and lift the VHSL 6A State Championship.
That ended up being Centreville, routing Oscar Smith 35-6 to avenge a loss in the 2011 title game to the Tigers. Oscar Smith finishes the season 14-1 with its third state championship game appearance since 2008. Centreville finished 15-0 overall and won its second state title.
The main attraction for Oscar Smith was Andrew Brown, the top-rated high school defensive tackle in the country and a Virginia football recruit.
Brown finished the game with four solo tackles and two assists.
"It just didn't turn out the way we wanted it to," said Brown. "They weren't physically better than us. They just schemed well and they got the best of us out there."
The game was the last for Brown in a Tigers uniform. He'll now set his sights on enrolling early at Virginia, in an effort to join the team for spring practices and fall Saturdays at Scott Stadium.
He got a preview of that Saturday, but insisted his focus was on his last game at Oscar Smith.
"It felt good," Brown said of playing at his future home. "But honestly I wasn't even thinking about that. My shirt says Oscar Smith. That's the only team I play for right now."